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Bumgarner Named Opening Day Starter

The San Francisco Giants, who were plagued by injuries last season, have named Madison Bumgarner their opening-day starter on March 31 against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Bumgarner, now in his fifth year with the Giants, was 13-9 last season with a 2.77 earned-run-averageHe made 31 appearances last season, all of them starts. He had 199 strikeouts in 201 1/3 innings of work. He gave up 62 walks, and he gave up Full Story

Public Heard on Watauga One-Stop Voting

The doors were opened and the crowds came—the Watauga Board of Elections holding an open session to hear ideas from the public as to where to vote in One-Stop voting.  The task for the board has changed with new legislation restricting polling places from being located at privately owned Full Story

Fonseca Issues Statement on Threat Letters

As the issue of a controversial book in the sophomore honors English class at Watauga High turned into a criminal matter late last week with threatening letters set to several Watauga High teachers, Dr. David Fonseca, superintendent of Watauga Schools, issued his own statement on the Full Story

Scam Alert; New Take on Old Scam

A new take on an old scam was reported Friday to High Country Radio and, a local contractor targeted in an elaborate scam that would have entwined a local real estate agency, had Erin McCutcheon of Log Home Maintenance, Inc. not stopped the scam in its tracks. Full Story

One-Stop Stop-By Meeting Today

This afternoon and tonight , Watauga citizens get to weigh in on one-stop voting locations.  The meeting starts at 5 and goes to 7, with the Watauga Board of Elections taking those ideas and suggestions at the Commissioners meeting room in the county office building.  The board created controversy Full Story

Quick Response Saves Newland Home

Fire last night damaged a Newland home, but a fast response from a number of Avery Fire departments minimized the loss. The call came in around 7:45 last night to a Watauga Street home near the elementary school, first arriving firemen finding fire in the attic and upper areas of the house. Full Story

Buyers Market: Housing Sales Up, Prices Down

The local real estate market started the new year much as it ended the old - home sales continued to increase as prices remained flat. Realtor®-assisted home sales in January hit a six-year high for the month, according to the High Country Multiple Listing Service, which tracks Realtor® sales Full Story

Pioneers-Cougars Tip At 7

Watuaga High boys' basketball coach Rob Sanders has announced that the Pioneers will play Alexander Central at home Monday night at 7 p.m. in the opening-round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 4A State Playoffs at Lentz-Eggers Gym.

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Kostis Wins State Title

It took a while, four times as a matter of fact, but in the long run all that hard work finally paid off. Watauga High senior Demetre Kostis won the 132 pound championship Saturday night at the Class 4A State Wrestling Championships at the Greensboro Coliseum. Kostis decisioned Garrett Hinton

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UPDATED: Brackets Finalized....

At least right now, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association has released a rough draft of the state playoffs brackets. The state playoffs begin Monday. And for the Watauga High boys' basketball team (17-9), the No.1 seed among the Class 4A schools in the Northwestern

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Demetre Kostis had a pretty productive day on Friday at the Class 4A State Wrestling Championships in Greensboro, N.C. The Watauga High advanced to the state finals by knocking off Kollin Wade (43-4) of Cary 5-4 in the 132 pound weight class in the state semifinals.

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UPDATED: Kostis Advances To State Semis

Demetre Kostis is just two wins away from winning the Class 4A state championship at 132 pounds. The Watauga High senior moved one step closer as he defeated Joe Mondragon of Wilmington-Ashley 9-3 Friday afternoon at the Class 4A State Wrestling Championships at the Greensboro Full Story

Book Challenge Now a Criminal Case

The issue of a controversial book in the sophomore honors English class at Watauga High has now turned into a criminal matter, and Boone Police are asking for tips through Crimestoppers. Boone Police issued the High Country Crime Stoppers bulletin Friday afternoon, seeking information on Full Story

UPDATE: Fire Totals Shawnee Road Home

An early morning structure fire destroyed a home near the Avery-Watauga line.  It was 7:15 this morning, the structure fire was reported near the Shawnee Road-Lee Gwaltney Road intersection, a Banner Elk fireman spotting flames in the area, causing a call for Banner Elk and Shawneehaw to be dispatched Full Story

UPDATE: Injury, Pin-in Reported in Ashe Crash

A West Jefferson area man was pinned in his overturned vehicle in western Ashe County early this morning, the vehicle found upside down and against an embankment on West Buffalo Road at about 6:45am. Rescue units from Ashe were dispatched along with EMS and first responders, but just after 7am, Full Story

New Hotel Death Case Appears Natural Causes

Tuesday morning, at approximately 10:30 am, the Boone Police Department responded to the Holiday Inn Express at 1943 Blowing Rock Road, Boone, to investigate a death in room 528.  Upon arrival, officers discovered Mr. Wayne Robert Illar, 58, was deceased inside his room.  Investigators were called Full Story

Creston Man Takes Plea in Federal Court

An  Ashe  County  man  pleaded  guilty  in  federal  court  today to defrauding consumers  of nearly $5 million by misbranding  erectile dysfunction drugs  and selling them  as “all natural”  herbal  supplements,  according to  Anne  M.  Tompkins,  U.S.  Attorney  for  the Western District of Full Story

Theater Needs 3 Parking Spaces--For Stage

The space of two or three cars—that’s what John Cooper, representing the Appalachian Theater of the High Country says the group working to bring the old theater back to life say they need to make the theater fully functional.  What the group said they need are spaces just behind the town Full Story

Two Chancellor Choices For Ross

Originally, University of North Carolina system President Tom Ross wanted three names from the Chancellor Search Committee, seeking to find a replacement for Chancellor Ken Peacock.  Appalachian State University Board of Trustees Chairman Mike Steinback said yesterday that the trustees voted Full Story

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